Game development may lead to cool products that we like to play with, but it's also a serious industry. Make Games SA has looking into the industry with a survey and found out just how much money it's worth in South Africa. They also found out about representation in gaming and it's not that great locally.
When I wrote this article about women leaving tech, despite being qualified for their jobs, I was surprised at the reaction from everyone. People shared a range of experiences. Of course it led me to wonder if women in South Africa were facing the same struggles, so I did some investigation.
Dying Light is easily my favourite game this year so far. It’s got some story and pacing issues, and a great deal of that open-world bloat – but they’re issues that can be easily ignored because it’s just so much fun. It’s been available digitally for about a month now, with its physical release delayed until this week. Unfortunately, it looks like that local release has been delayed again.
[Update] Due to Eskom's blinding incompetence the matches have been rescheduled until 7pm tonight. The latest round in our Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament is taking place today with one of the top matches of the round being streamed live on our twitch channel at 3pm sharp.. okay likely not sharp because getting everyone to be ready on time is amazingly difficult.
Some of you are excited about Evolve. The game has been getting a lot of loving - both from the hype machine and actual critical praise. However, here in South Africa, there has been a lot of concern about how well it would work due to our poor internet infrastructure. I have been given the chance to put the game through its paces locally, and here's how it went.
Today is your last day to enter into our inaugural PlayStation 4 tournament where 28 (so far) teams will be challenging each other to try claim the title and the grand prize of R2000 cold hard cash.
Before everyone disappeared on holiday last year we decided to help host a competition with local indie developers Egamea, to help promoted their game O3DX. There were four massive prizes on offer, including goods from Nintendo, Microsoft and Steam. With the competition now closed, all that's left is to check if we're making your Tuesday extra special.
We’re in the dry period of gaming right now, and we’ll take whatever we can get to pass the time for new releases. When such a game happens to be a beta for one of the more anticipated games of 2015, we’ll jump on it like dishonesty on a politician/lawyer/your mom. Right now, you can grab the open beta for Evolve on your Xbox One. And yes, it plays just fine, with minimal workarounds needed.
During the festive break I managed to catch up with a great friend of the site, Craig Guild, who raised the question as to why we've never really run gaming tournaments before and would we be interested in running one?
PlayStation is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as a brand. Internationally, it has gotten a ton of attention and is doing extremely well. But how are things going in South Africa? Mighty well, and way better than it did back in the day.
Remember back in 1998 when everybody used to pack up their Master Race devices and head off to their local LAN get? Neither do I! I only started lanning much later, say the early 2000s or so. It’s something I haven’t done for years, and for good reason. My PC weighs the equivalent of two giraffes, plus my connection to the Internet means I never have to leave this chair… EVER! You on the other hand, might actually enjoy the sun in your eyes and the wind in your hair, as well as a bonus gym workout thanks to carrying your PC around. Do you stay near Brits? There’s a LAN happening this weekend.
I know next to nothing about overclocking. It’s something that’s always fascinated me though, even on a casual level. If I was brave enough, I could get some gains on my hardware straight out of the box. Sadly, I am a coward, which is why I prefer to see professionals doing their thing - pouring liquid nitrogen into the heart of a PC which creates that strangely hypnotic gas, all in the name of gaining better numbers. I caught up with local overclocking legend, Andrew "dRweEZ" Roberts and picked his brain on the hobby/sport.
No really, if you’re a fan of Nintendo’s fantastic smash game, this competition is just for you. Core, distributors of all things Nintendo in South Africa, are looking for South Africa’s top player. Winning this will not only secure you bragging rights, but also a fantastic prize including a year's supply of games! Interested? Find out more after the jump…